Beit Midrash

  • Torah Portion and Tanach
  • Terumah
To dedicate this lesson

The Torah study is dedicated in the memory of

Yaakov Ben Behora

Parashat Terumah

God’s Presence in this World


Rabbi Mordechai Reich

Rav Nachman of Breslav notes that the terumah, the sanctified donations of materials and professional expertise used in the building of the mishkan (the Tabernacle), was varied and individual. Some people gave precious stones; others donated gold, silver or copper; yet others offered fabrics or their artistic talents.

The commentary, Da'at Sofrim, suggests that the word terumah stems from the two letter root, "ram," which means elevated. The greatest gift we can offer is one that expresses and elevates our unique, individual self. We are all different, but when we come together offering our unique contributions, we provide a dwelling place for Hashem in this world.

Aliya to Eretz Yisrael is a similar process. We arrive here - all ages, all professions, diverse backgrounds - and we make our individual and varied contributions to the land and the Jewish people. Eretz Yisrael is indeed God’s country - a land where we can bring our spiritual potential to full expression. It is in Eretz Yisrael, the only place in the world where one can observe all the mitzvot, that Hashem will meld our unique and individual contributions to form the Third Temple and dwell among us.

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